|Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
Role Ice hockey player
Career start 1986
Name Michal Pivonka
Weight 90 kg
Career end 2000
|Born January 28, 1966 (age 49)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia (1966-01-28) |
NHL Draft 59th overall, 1984 Washington Capitals
Played for HC Dukla Jihlava, Washington Capitals, EC KAC
Goal michal pivonka penguins vs capitals 1996 nhl playoffs game 1
Michal Pivoňka (born January 28, 1966) is a retired National Hockey League player. He played his entire NHL career with the Washington Capitals. Selected by the Capitals in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Pivonka defected to the United States during the summer of 1986. Since Eastern Europe was still under the Iron Curtain, it was still difficult for younger hockey players from the Eastern Bloc to play in the NHL.
During his NHL career, Pivonka played in 825 games, scored 181 goals and had 418 assists for a total of 599 points, twice leading the Capitals in scoring; 1991–92 (23G, 57A, 80P) and 1995–96 (16G, 65A, 81P). Pivonka last played in the NHL during the 1998-99 season, before finally retiring from hockey in 2000 after several injury filled seasons. He has the third most assists in Capitals history with 418, trailing only Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin.